Today’s From The Vault pick is a song that has undeniably etched itself deep in the minds of the masses 15 years ago.
This week’s selection is Amy Winehouse’s unapologetic single, ‘Rehab.’
While recording material for her sophomore set with Mark Ronson, Winehouse told him the story of that one time her dad tried to talk her into attending a rehabilitation center in a bid to overcome her alcohol addiction issues. Her producer friend was then inspired to turn that tale into a song.
Released as the lead single from legendary LP ‘Back To Black,’ ‘Rehab’ was the British belle’s breakthrough single. Already a critics darling on home soil, it transformed her into a global phenomenon and firm chart fixture. It reached the 7th position of the UK Singles Charts and peaked at #9 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
Phil Griffin directed the song’s music video. It follows the songstress as she wakes up in the morning, attends a therapy session, and, eventually, ends up in rehab – contrary to the lyrics. She is constantly backed by her band throughout the various presented locations.
The visual was nominated for Video of the Year at the 2007 MTV Music Video Awards, but lost out to Rihanna’s blockbuster ‘Umbrella.’
15 years on, this track remains a bonafide classic. What’s more, Winehouse – fueled by songs such as ‘Rehab’ – is now considered amongst the best singers to have ever rocked the mic. Despite having a career that lasted less than a decade.
With this song and accompanying album, Winehouse brought back big bands and orchestras into the Pop landscape. And while many have tried their hand at that throwback sound, few subsequent offerings could match the potent potion of authenticity, rawness, and lyrical brilliance found in Winehouse’s work.
Timeless music for a timeless artist, Ms. Winehouse, we salute you in earnest.